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Academy Hostel

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Via Ricasoli 9, 50122 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #19 of 235 Specialty Lodging in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at academy for 2 nights while I was in Florence. As far as location, you couldn't get anything better. It was located right next to the Duomo and about a 10-15minute walk from the main train station. It was very clean and the staff was amazing and always super helpful! they provide free breakfast which was a good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous hostel. Very warm welcome, free dinner and breakfast. No bunk beds! The hostel considers itself to not be a party hostel, which to be honest was a little refreshing. The location is top notch - 1 minute from the cathedral and 10 minutes to the train station. I would definitely stay here again!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Academy is a warm (friendly) hostel in a central location, ideal for the solo traveller wishing a few days away in beautiful Florence. A 15 minute walk to the main train station, 1 minute from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and short/enjoyable walks to the main sights and streets. My 4-bed dorm came with clean bedding, a towel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Firstly, the location can hardly be beaten. It's about a 10-15 minute walk to the train station, and everything else you might want to see is within walking distance (Florence is small so everything is easy to get to). Staff were helpful and gave good advice on things to do. Breakfast was simple but kept you going in the morning.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This hostel is in the best location. It is two minutes from the Duomo and within walking distance to all major tourist activities and sites, leather markets and supermarkets. It is a very nice and clean hostel, with 24 hour reception and they have breakfast each morning complimentary and wine and a small snack at about 6:30pm. The rooms are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Although we only stayed one night here, we loved it. The front desk staff speak superb English, are very knowledgeable on what to do in Florence and super friendly. They also have free pizza and wine every evening, which is a great chance to socialise - my partner and I got to meet some other travellers whom we went out... More 

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Alpena, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

For two single girls making our way across Italy...the Academy was a wonderful choice for time in Florence. Even though we arrived in the early afternoon (and the Academy was closed for cleaning)...we were able to check in and leave our bags in a supervised area. When we arrived back to the hostel, we were shown to a four bed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I was on an extended backpacking trip across Europe and chose Academy Hostel based on user reviews of which some had a few negative points. Let me remove any doubts: This is as perfect as any hostel I've stayed in. The location I think should make this the No.1 choice. All you need to do is head to the Duomo,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I stayed here for three nights, and I was lucky to get a spot for my third night after I arrived. The staff here are very friendly and helpful, there's always someone at the front desk. I honestly don't think there's difference between four beds room and six beds room, and in fact, the six beds room is better, warmer... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We really enjoyed our stay here. The location is unbeatable and everyone is very friendly. However, there is no wifi/ a very weak signal in the rooms so be prepared. The breakfast was good as well as the free wine and appetizers in the afternoon. Would stay here again.

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